Deus Ex: Human Revolution opens in the year 2027, in the glistening metropolis of Detroit. Adam Jensen, security chief for Serif Industries, the industry leader in human augmentation, is nearly killed in an attack and augmented against his will. As the game progresses, a vast conspiracy is uncovered, and Jensen probably does something about it. Right, I forgot to mention that I haven’t finished the game, but the story is fantastic so far, with interesting hints and threads of many intersecting forces. I am thoroughly intrigued.
Let me start off by saying the title above is not a slight against IDW. They provided a home for Angel in the comic world when no one else would. Much like UPN, they should be remembered by fans as a savior to the series in a time of need, and both proved themselves worthy wards of the characters and stories we love. That being said, all Buffy and Angel characters are under the same roof (shared universe achieved!), and, if Angel & Faith #1 by Christos Gage and Rebekah Issacs is an example of where we’re heading, then I am one happy comic book sniffer!
The third issue of Pariah, like the two before, focuses on a single “Vitro,” (part of a batch of children treated with in vitro cures for a rare and fatal genetic disease, who have demonstrated rapid, unexpected, and stratospheric levels of intelligence upon reaching puberty. Duh.) only this one happens to be a sociopath. He’s like a pubescent Hannibal Lector... but with less restraint. We first meet Robert Maudsley sitting on a park bench, an innocuous 13-year-old casually manipulating a stranger out of his hoagie. We then follow Maudsley through the next two years of his life, accented by a series of destructive, often violent, incidents, all of which he has orchestrated in order to achieve some selfish purpose or out of sheer curiosity. With no moral compass in evidence, the hyper-intelligence of a “vitro,” and a will to see how far he can push people, Robert Maudsley is like some child with a magnifying glass in a world full of ants.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
Over the past several months, the FBC Staff and I have had the immense pleasure to bring you the coolest comic book news from Sea Lion Books, a comic book publishing company that specializes in the adaptation of international, New York Times, and USA bestselling novels into graphic novels. Sea Lion Books has an extraordinary catalog of authors and titles, including Richelle Mead’s Storm Born series (see our reviews of Issues #1 and #2), Aron Warner's Pariah series (see our reviews of Issue #1 and Issue #2), and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush graphic novel (stay tuned for my interview - coming soon!).
In what may be its most exciting news to date, Sea Lion Books has acquired the graphic novel rights to Anne Rice's critically acclaimed novel, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana. As fans of Rice's internationally bestselling vampire novels, we are excited to see all that is to come from the new graphic novel adaptation, due in stores in April of 2012.
Dear Fanboy Comics Readers:
It was only a few weeks ago that I had the amazing opportunity to interview Michael Anthony Steele and Scott McFadden, co-creators of the visionary new independent comic book app, Clown Commandos. The innovative comic book app had a successful launch, and now, the creators want to get CC fans even more involved!
Clown Commandos is giving fans the chance to win an opportunity to add their own sound effects to the comic book app! Check out the press release below for me details on how to enter for your chance to win!
The End. A Web Series.
The robots have taken over and there are only a few survivors left.
(The End. is a post-apocalyptic buddy comedy.)
Catch a new episode on the Fanboy Comics website every Friday!
Starring: Bryan Mayer and Justinh Avery
Directed by Peter Harmon
Written by Bryan Mayer
Director of Photography: Rick Bickerstaff
Edited by Jason Marsh
Sound Design and Sound Editing by Ian Becker
Produced by Bryan Mayer
Co-Produced by Justinh Avery, Peter Harmon, Ian Becker, Rick Bickerstaff, and Jason Marsh
10 Canon-Worthy Moments from Angel: After The Fall
With the launch of Dark Horse Comics’ Angel & Faith series upon us, I wanted to recap some of the truly canon-worthy moments of IDW’s Angel: After The Fall. If you haven’t had a chance to read Brian Lynch’s epic “sixth season” of Angel, then you’ve really missed out. While IDW’s Angel series had a shaky path once they began switching writers, Lynch’s After The Fall is a triumph, managing to feel like a true and worthy chapter in the Angel series. Some of this can be attributed to the fortune Lynch had in being able to meet and take notes from Joss himself before starting to write, but it takes a truly talented individual to craft a tale where the characters feel so right, yet are still pushed to places you’d never imagined! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Lynch is the new Joss.
Following Sam's review, check out the six-page preview of Pariah #2, below!
So, if you read my review of Pariah #1, you know that the story takes place in 2025 North America and follows a hyper-intelligent, teenage "Vitro," short for in vitro genetic manipulation, named Brent Marks. Unfortunately, Brent is not just super smart, he also happens to be socially awkward and determined to blend in with the crowd, despite being surrounded by a bunch of high-schoolers who see him as a freakish test-tube baby. Brent's life gets very complicated, however, when a group of "Vitros" are blamed for a lab explosion and the subsequent release of a virus that kills thousands of people. Pariah #2 leaves Brent and, instead, follows the group of teen "Vitros" working at the lab, who are allegedly responsible for the release of the virus. The fact that they seem to be the victims of a set-up doesn't stop the law from attempting to bring them down with alarming force. Notice that word "attempting." So, like a fiery, adolescent, and overachieving band of “Merry Men” (and Women), they remain in the woods, synthesizing moonshine and determining their next move.
About ten minutes ago, I finished the first season of Twin Peaks. I had seen the show several years ago, but I can’t remember if I watched it on VHS or DVD, if that gives any idea about how long ago that was. I can say that I saw Twin Peaks before Bryan Singer’s X-Men was released in 2000. Wow, I’m old. So, this is the part of the piece where I give a brief overview of the show.
The Staff of Fanboy Comics warned you that this day would come. In fact, we traveled through time on August 4th to tell you about the activation of Skynet. And now, prepare to welcome our new computer overlords; it is Judgment Day.
Judgment Day, also known as J-Day, refers to the day in the Terminator film that the artificial intelligence Skynet became self aware and started a nuclear strike on America, Russia, and other regions, killing three billion people. Due to the effects of time travel, as well as several film, TV, and novel adaptations of the Terminator story, the month, day, and year of Judgment Day has varied over the years.
Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) first learned about Judgment Day in 1984 from Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), a soldier sent from the future to protect her from an assassination by a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger).
On this special day, we accept that our world will be taken over by a computer-based race of machines. But, that is no reason to be down in the dumps. Until the machines arrive, celebrate today's other important occasion: Fanboy Comics Contributor J.C. Ciesielski's birthday!
Happy Birthday, J.C., from all of us at Fanboy Comics!
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